Route 66 Part 1 ‘The Road Trip Begins’ – Driving From Chicago To Springfield

Our Route 66 road trip begins, after spending a day in Chicago we set off down historic Route 66 from Chicago to Springfield, Illinois. The start of the classic American road trip along the Mother Road.

Our first stop was at the old Prison in Joliet where they filmed The Blues Brothers, it was too early to visit the Joliet Route 66 museum so we carried on down the road to the Gemini Giant ‘Muffler Man’ at the Launching Pad Diner in Wilmington

Next it on to the historic Standard Oil Gas Station in Odell before our lunchtime stop in Pontiac Illinois. We visited the Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum where you can see Bob Waldmire’s VW van and his converted Chevrolet school bus that he used when traveling Route 66.

Pontiac is also home to some amazing Route 66 murals and artwork.

Next, a quick stop at the Sprague’s Super Service gas station Normal, Illinois before reaching Atlanta, IL.

In Atlanta you’ll find another ‘Muffler Man’ Paul Bunyon holding his precious hot dog which was used to advertise a restaurant in the 1960’s.

Just before we reach Springfield our final stop of our first day on Route 66 we come across Abraham Lincoln himself riding the world’s largest covered wagon, well that’s Route 66.

We spend the night in Springfield, the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.

Next time we travel from Springfield to Cuba Missouri.

When planning the trip we have found the following Route 66 books and maps very useful:

EZ66 GUIDE For Travellers

Route 66 Map Series

Road Trip USA Route 66

Route 66 Spotify Playlist –

‘Route 66 Part 1 The Road Trip Begins – Driving From Chicago To Springfield’ – Filmed June 2019

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  1. I saw that you videotaped the Joliet Route 66 Experience Hub. Do you know that there are 70 of those wayside markers scattered across the state of Illinois?

    • We came across a few along our route but didn’t realise there were 70 across the state, thanks for sharing.

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